1 Remember the blessed Sabbath Day and keep it holy,
For this is the day that God has made and richly blest;
Go into the sacred house of pray’r,
And meet the divine Redeemer there;
For waiting for all in his presence fair
Are peace and rest.
Keep it holy, God’s day of rest;
Remember the day which the Lord hath made,
And which he blest!
2 Remember the holy Sabbath Day and break it never;
Be free from the things of earth awhile and look above;
With minds in accord, we all should meet
Around the Redeemer’s holy feet;
And, waiting his blessings, with voices sweet,
Exalt his love. [Refrain]
3 Remember the holy Sabbath Day which God has given;
Shut out from the soul all sounds of strife, let labor cease;
Come into his presence with a song
And rest in his love the whole day long;
For there will the Holy One make you strong,
And give you peace. [Refrain]
4 Remember the blessed Sabbath Day and keep it holy;
Oh, let it be spent beneath the wings of heaven’s Dove;
And there let us all our sins confess,
And grow in his holy righteousness;
That stronger our spirits may be to bless
The world by love. [Refrain]
Pseudonym: James S. Apple.
James Rowe was born in England in 1865. He served four years in the Government Survey Office, Dublin Ireland as a young man. He came to America in 1890 where he worked for ten years for the New York Central & Hudson R.R. Co., then served for twelve years as superintendent of the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society. He began writing songs and hymns about 1896 and was a prolific writer of gospel verse with more than 9,000 published hymns, poems, recitations, and other works.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >